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First Build - Parts Compatibility Check

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January 15, 2010 5:36:45 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month/ End of quarter
BUDGET RANGE: preferably < 1200 (including shipping/taxes)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet/Movies, Home/Office
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (or any other cheaper website)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: CPU:Intel Graphics:Nvidia
OVERCLOCKING: Most Likely (however, I'll have to figure out how to do that :p )
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: SLI (as an upgrade)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 x 900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As the title suggests, this is my first build. I'm fairly ignorant when it comes to this entire process and would like some help (that's why I came here). Here are my couple of questions:
1. Are all the parts listed below adequate and compatible w/ ea. other (is there anything else i need to get)?
2. Is it better to wait till the end of the quarter to buy parts?
3. Is there a cheaper substitute for the parts (w/o sacrificing quality)?
My goal is to have a stable computer that is capable of playing Empire/Napoleon:Total War at high-max settings (after SLI). From the of this build, it is kind of expensive (for my budget), I'm really needing to cut about $100-$200.

PARTS: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=11847885


-Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

-ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

-EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail

-CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

-Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail

-CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M4A1600C9 - Retail

-Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM




January 15, 2010 5:44:38 PM

Case: Switch the 900 for a HAF 922. You'll save money in a combo with the PSU I'm suggesting.

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700W. It's in a combo with the HAF 922 for $130 after rebate.

RAM: You don't need 8 GB of RAM. Get 4 GB. I recommend the G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 set for $115. Or stick with 8 GB and spend $225.

HDD: The WD is a lower performing and higher priced drive right now. I recommend the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB for $90.

GPU: This is a little against what you need to be doing, but I recommend spending the extra $20ish for an HD 5770.

Don't forget to check for combos...

With those changes, you should be down to about $800. So if you want to spend a little more, take all of that savings and upgrade to an HD 5850 for $300, assuming you're planning on upgrading your monitor soon...
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January 15, 2010 6:08:19 PM

The 9800 GTX+ is replaced by the GTS 250. Its the same performance, uses less power and may well be cheaper. For better gaming performance I would go with a the substantially faster DX11 card like the 5770 or 5850.
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January 15, 2010 6:45:56 PM

Do either of you have any suggestions for a CPU cooling device? (I do plan on overclocking, so I assume I'll need one)
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January 15, 2010 6:51:58 PM

The cheapest good one is the Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus or sometimes the Sunbeam core contact freezer. They will do plenty well. You should look at the latest Toms article about finding the most effective i5 overclock.
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January 15, 2010 7:40:04 PM

Thank You very much! Both of you have helped me alot. I now feel very comfortable with the parts selected.
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January 15, 2010 8:09:14 PM

Definitely go for the Haf 922 like MadAdmiral said, it only takes a quick google to shoot the 900 down in flames :(  its replacement the 902 is better but still not as good as the Haf 922 and you may end up with space issues trying to put a long graphics card in the 900/902. Airflow and cooling capabilities are also the same standard as the Haf too.
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